Wellness is more than just the absence of disease. It is comprised of seven components.
- Physical – Getting good nutrition, regular physical exercise and quality sleep.
- Emotional – Expressing and acknowledging our emotions and feelings in a balanced and constructive way; also, stress management.
- Intellectual – Being a life-long learner and open to considering new ideas, concepts and challenges. In essence, improving and maintaining cognitive health.
- Spiritual – An introspective practice that reflects personal values and beliefs we hold and brings peace to our lives. It can be religion or other e.g. meditation.
- Social – Positive connection and relationships with other people.
- Occupational – Satisfaction and fulfillment in our jobs, hobbies and interests.
- Environmental – Having a positive impact on the quality of our planet (e.g. air, land, water), community and home.
Originally, there were six components to this holistic approach to wellness as devised by Dr. Bill Hettler of the National Institute of Wellness.
The seventh component of environmental wellness was added to the original model. See article below, for a more detailed summary of all seven components.
Weal World Travel – guiding you on your journey to wellness, all seven parts of it.
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